As Dec. 17 and 18 performances of A Nutcracker Christmas Celebration are at capacity at Yavapai College Performing Arts Center (YCPAC), Arizona Philharmonic (AZPhil) and Margot Fonteyn Academy of Ballet (MFAB) have added two events on Thursday, Dec. 15.

At 3:30 p.m., a Nutcracker Christmas Celebration Meet & Greet and Dress Rehearsal with the MFAB’s designated Artistic Director Rainer Krenstetter (Vienna State Opera Ballet, Miami Ballet, Unblanche Tokyo). Krenstetter will provide a backstage tour of A Nutcracker Christmas Celebration, including an opportunity to learn of the stage setup, costumes, dressing rooms, lighting, and audio. This will be followed by a question and answer session with Krenstetter and other production personnel.

Tickets are $100 for the Meet & Greet and attendance at the 5 p.m. dress rehearsal is included. 25 attendees maximum.

At 5 p.m., A Nutcracker Christmas Celebration Dress Rehearsal performance was opened to the public. Enjoy a dress rehearsal with a full orchestra, choirs and dancers in costume. Pauses will be made to make adjustments to the performance; rehearsal may last up to 2.5 hours, with a 15-minute break midway through. No photos or videos will be allowed. Seating is general admission and tickets are $35 for adults and $10 for children and students under 21.

In this premier Prescott Holiday event, international alumni of the Academy dance to Tchaikovsky’s iconic Nutcracker Suite and Frederick Ashton’s Les Patineurs, a winter ballet set to the music of Giacomo Meyerbeer, performed by AZPhil, Prescott’s professional orchestra. Act II of The Nutcracker will be performed, and the entire show runs two hours including intermission. The outstanding youth Voci Sorella and women’s Una Voce choirs complement these performances with their angelic voices, accompanying the orchestra in the ballet and in Christmas music.

“Arizona Philharmonic is inspired to collaborate with artists from around the world: critically acclaimed conductor Alexander Walker, Artistic Director Ken Ludden of the world-renowned MFAB, and international dancers from as far away as Tokyo,” said. Henry Flurry, AZ Phil Executive Director. “Before each half of the concert, accomplished members of the Yavapai Youth Choirs and Una Voce Women’s Choir will set the mood with Christmas carols beautifully arranged for voice and orchestra, an unforgettable Christmas treat for the whole family.”

All public performances and Friday’s, Dec.16 performances for Prescott’s PUSD and other area students are presented by the James Family Trust.

“To be able to be a part of bringing together some of the best artists, musicians and dancers to share in something beloved the world over to our community was an opportunity that could not be missed,” said Jenna James, James Family Trust. “Not only does it allow everyone to attend the performance in our little corner of the world, but introduces a new generation of PUSD students to one of the most treasured traditions of the holiday season.”

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Information provided by Yavapai College Performing Arts Center.

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